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14:00  13 october  2017
14:00  13 october  2017 Source:   news.sky.com

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By Greg Heffer, Political Reporter EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted the UK will " have to pay " if Brexit negotiations are to progress to trade talks . Amid the ongoing deadlock in discussions over Britain's financial settlement

Image: European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker suggested Brexit will take 'longer than initially thought'.

Jean-Claude Juncker © Getty Jean-Claude Juncker

EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted the UK will "have to pay" if Brexit negotiations are to progress to trade talks.

Amid the ongoing deadlock in negotiations over Britain's financial settlement, the European Commission president warned the UK it must reach an agreement on money before being able to discuss its post-Brexit relationship.

Mr Juncker also suggested Brexit will "take longer than initially thought" as he discussed why the remaining 27 EU member states will not sanction the start the second phase of talks - on transitional arrangements and a future trade agreement - at a Brussels summit next week.

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EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted the UK will " have to pay " if Brexit negotiations are to progress to trade talks . Amid the ongoing deadlock in discussions over Britain's financial settlement, the European Commission President warned the UK it must reach an agreement on money before.

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said a lack of compromise over the UK 's financial commitments was impeding progress - saying "they have to pay ". The BBC's Europe correspondent Adam Fleming said the paper contained "something for everyone" - with the reference to trade talks

"The British are discovering, as we are, day after day new problems," Mr Juncker said, while speaking to students in his native Luxembourg.

"That's the reason why this process will take longer than initially thought.

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"We cannot find for the time being a real compromise as far as the remaining financial commitments of the UK are concerned.

"As we are not able to do this we will not be able to say in the European Council in October that now we can move to the second phase of negotiations.

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